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Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

1. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

2. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Sinaia

After being picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest travel to the stunning city of Sinaia. You will start the day in Sinaia by visiting Peles, the palace of the first Romanian king. After your palace visit you take a short walk to the smaller, but equally beautiful palace, Pelisor. After you finish exploring the royal estate you go to the beautiful Sinaia Monastery. In the afternoon you will take a short drive to Azuga and visit the Rhein Wine Cellar to learn about the production of sparkling wine. Then enjoy some delicious local sparkling wine. End your day by visiting the charming memorial house of the great Romanian composer, George Enescu.

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4.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

You see a lot of Romania in 2 days.

Our guide, Vali, spoke excellent English and was a great driver. He gave us a lot of information about life in Romania in the last 35 years. When we reached Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bran and Sinaia our guide knew where to park to minimize walking. The 2 of us plus our guide were in a 5 person van. I loved the Transfagarasan Road. I've never been on a road with 10 avalanche sheds before. If you have any motion sickness or fear of height you might want to ask for an alternative route. They use various hotels in Sighisoara. You should check your big suitcase in your Bucharest hotel and bring only what you need overnight, as we did, because you cannot assume there will be an elevator. Our hotel,Hotel Rex, had no elevator so we had to walk up 4 flights of stairs. The window barely opened so at the end of August we were very hot. Breakfast began at 8AM but the coffee pot was broken so it took 30 minutes to get coffee. It was all part of the adventure.

All the sites were very beautiful and very much worth the visit. Be aware though that the itinerary is not completely as described. The time was not allocated well (and traffic made it worse). We missed visiting the upper floor of Peles Castle as well as the Sinaia Monastery and the Azuga winery. The Transfagarasan Highway was also skipped.

Advian is my tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and very friendly.The castle is very beautiful and is kept very well. And I love the small town ,which is very peaceful and beautiful as well. I had a wonderful experience with Advian.

Nice scenery and a knowledgeable driver. The hotel in Sighisoara was quite poor. It was clean but everything was tiny and very basic. Peles castle was closed when we got there, a big disappointment.

Great guide

Really enjoyed the two day tour, but didn't have time for the wine tasting as advertised. That was the major reason we selected the particular tour. Otherwise was great.